LOOKING VERSUS SEEING
We have a knack for looking at things, but we don't often know how to see beauty in all things.
When you witness something, maybe a sunset, an image, or your refection in the mirror, what do you see? You probably don't think much about it beyond the full landscape.
In this shot, you might only see a woman, semi-naked, behind an umbrella.
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See with Curiosity
Now try taking a second look and fully digest how this image makes you feel. Do you love the bright pink color in contrast with the soft white background? Are you intrigued by what she is (or isn't) wearing? Is it pleasing or discomforting to you?
Ask yourself why this image might be interesting. Is she hiding behind the parasol, or just toying with us? What is she saying with her glance? Can you relate to her? Why or why not?
You can do this with a sunset, an image, or your reflection in the mirror. The goal is to see everything with less judgment and more curiosity. This will allow you to find beauty in almost everything.
We all want recognition of our authentic self, and strive for a more self-loving view of our faces and bodies. Too many of us battle self-criticism on a daily basis. To rid us of this limiting habit, all you have to do is appreciate what you see up close. Simply search for the positive in all that you view, and beauty will reflect back at you.
Next time you glance at yourself in the mirror, don't just take a peek, SEE. See how your hair might fall gently around your face, how your eyelashes surround your loving eyes, how your smile can light up your reflection. Without judgment, take note of your emotions and how they make others feel. Be curious about what is interesting and compelling about you (there is so much!). As you take that second look, really SEE how marvelous you are.
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